Dr Hugh Jones Manuscripts

Scope and Content

A collection of 142 items, including, some of the basic material used by him in writing his four volume Hanes Wesleyaeth Gymreig (1911-1913), in the form of brief histories of, and notes on, the origins and development of Welsh Wesleyan Methodism in various localities including Aberystwyth, Abergynolwyn, Bangor, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Caernarfon, Cefn Mawr, Deiniolen, Denbigh, Llanfair-yng-Nghornwy, Llangefni, Llangelynnin (Merioneth), Liverpool, Manchester, Prestatyn, Rhosllannerchrugog, Tregarth, etc.; short biographies of Wesleyan ministers (mainly by the Rev William Evans (1779-1854)); a volume containing chapel buildings accounts, 1800-1847; a ledger containing contributions of Liverpool Wesleyans to church funds, 1822-1853; autobiographies of the Revs John Bartley, R. Prichard and Lewis Jones; sermon notebooks of the Rev. David Rogers (d.1824) and Dr. Thomas Jones; and letters to Dr Hugh Jones from D. Delta Davies, the Rev. Richard Roberts, London; Rev. John Evans, Eglwysbach; Rev. John Roberts, Chester; and others. Among the personalia are several bundles of addresses, sermons and notes of sermons delivered by Dr Hugh Jones; a copy of his marriage certificate and various photographs of him. A few papers in the collection relate to the 'Wesle Bach' controversy, mainly in 1831.

Administrative / Biographical History

Dr Hugh Jones was a Wesleyan minister and historian, born at Caernarfon on 20 January 1837. After a short period at the Local National School he was apprenticed to a weaver. He started preaching in 1855 and was accepted for the ministry in 1858. He was appointed to his first circuit in 1859. His circuits were as follows: Bangor (1859), Liverpool (1860), Llanfyllin (1861), Llansilin (1863), Tregarth (1866), Liverpool (Chester Street) (1869), Denbigh (1872), Caernarfon (1875), Chester (1878), Rhyl (1880), Liverpool (Shaw Street) (1883), Tregarth (1893), Liverpool (Mount Zion) (1896), and Bangor (1899). He retired in 1911.

He was elected secretary of the province in 1886, became chairman of the province in 1893, and was a member of the Legal Hundred of his connexion in 1893. He delivered the Provincial Lecture (1893), and was given a testimonial to celebrate the jubilee of his ministry (1909)

From 1863 onwards he contributed on a regular basis to the Yr Eurgrawn. He published memoirs of Samuel Davies II and R. T. Owen, commentaries on Jeremiah and S. John's Epistles, a hand-book on Dissent, Y Goleuni Cristnogol, Hanes Wesleaeth Gymreig(4 volumes). He also edited Y Winllan (1883-5), and Yr Eurgrawn (1902-1911). He represented his denomination in every national movement, was one of the most powerful preachers of his generation, possessed outstanding organising ability in church affairs, and was a national leader in all campaigns connected to education, temperance and politics

He married Mary, daughter of the Rev. John Williams (Calvinistic Methodist) of Llansilin. John Arthur Jones, editor of the Calcutta Statesman was his son. He died 23 May 1919.


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Roberts, O. Madoc, Cofiant y Parch. Hugh Jones, D.D., (Bangor, 1934). The Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940, under the Auspices of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, (London, 1959). Access Points